Pierce Named Exclusive Distributor for Bronto Skylift in North America

APPLETON, Wis. (March 15, 2011) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution and supply agreement to market and support the Bronto Skylift line of aerial platform devices...


APPLETON, Wis. (March 15, 2011) – Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution and supply agreement to market and support the Bronto Skylift line of aerial platform devices throughout North America. Pierce will offer Bronto Skylift products, including the 165’ RLP – the tallest aerial platform available in North America – on its industry-leading line of Arrow XT™, Impel™, Quantum® and Velocity™ custom chassis. Furthermore, the Pierce dealer network will provide comprehensive service, parts inventory, training and support for new and existing Bronto Skylift customers.

“This is a major addition to our aerial device product line, and an important day for both Pierce and Bronto Skylift customers,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president, Fire & Emergency. “With this agreement, Pierce immediately expands upon its leadership in aerial apparatus to meet the rescue and firefighting challenges faced by fire departments. And of equal importance is our unmatched network of highly trained dealer organizations that are prepared to provide best-in-class service and support for existing Bronto Skylift customers.”

“We think that the fire service will benefit as never before from the high quality, unique access devices that Pierce and Bronto will be working together to build,” said Esa Peltola, Bronto’s Managing Director. “We look forward to a bright future working with the Pierce team.”

Pierce will market the Bronto Skylift RLP 100, 114, 134 and 165 aerial platforms – devices renowned worldwide for their impressive performance, reach and articulation. Pierce will mount and integrate complete aerial platforms received from the Bronto Skylift factory onto Pierce custom chassis.

The Bronto Skylift line features enhanced up-and-over and below-grade reach to enable more effective rescues in a wide range of scenarios. The Bronto line also offers a telescopic cage boom, a large rescue platform with more room for firefighters, and a surprisingly compact design for excellent maneuverability.

“For departments that respond to everything from very high reach to difficult below grade rescue situations, the Bronto product line is without peer for its versatility in the most challenging environments,” added Johnson. “Moreover, Bronto Skylift is an excellent and proven brand, with over 6000 units in operation around the globe. When combined with the performance of Pierce custom chassis and our unmatched support network, this is a win-win across the board.”

Bronto Skylift, situated in Tampere Finland, is the global market leader in truck mounted hydraulic platforms. The company has designed and manufactured platforms for nearly 50 years, during which period over 6000 units have been delivered to fire brigades and industrial customers throughout all continents in more than 120 countries. Bronto Skylift has two facilities in Finland: the headquarters in Tampere and a production plant in Pori. The company has subsidiaries in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. ??Bronto Skylift has been part of Federal Signal Corporation since 1995.


Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation [NYSE: OSK] company, is the leading North American manufacturer of custom fire apparatus. Products include custom and commercial pumpers, aerials, rescue trucks, wildland trucks, minipumpers, elliptical tankers, and homeland security apparatus. In addition, Pierce designs its own foam systems and was the first company to introduce frontal airbags and the Side Roll Protection system to fire apparatus. To learn more about Pierce, visit www.piercemfg.com

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